Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (170, 171)

Ciarán Cuffe

Question:

298 Mr. Cuffe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if a block grant might be made available to a school (details supplied) in County Dublin which caters for the needs of those with terminal dementia. [25391/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

As the Deputy is aware, the provision of health services in south County Dublin is, in the first instance, a matter for the East Coast Area Health Board under the aegis of the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has been informed by the East Coast Area Health Board that St. Joseph's Centre is owned and operated by the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God and that services including extended care, respite care and day care for older people, especially those with dementia related conditions or illnesses, are provided at the centre. The question of funding for services at St. Joseph's Centre is a matter for the area board having regard to meeting increased demands for services within the board's revenue allocation as notified in the letter of determination. This is in keeping with the provisions of the Health (Amendment)(No. 3) Act 1996.

Bernard Allen

Question:

299 Mr. Allen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the reason for the long delay in sanctioning the go ahead for a day care centre (details supplied) in County Cork; and when she will be in a position to sanction the commencement of the project which has been waiting for more than 15 years. [25392/04]

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As the Deputy is aware, responsibility for the provision of health services in County Cork rests with the Southern Health Board in the first instance. The board has advised my Department that it purchased a site from Cork City Council for the construction of a new day care centre for older people and a family resource centre. My Department has received stage two documentation from the board with regard to these projects. My Department, by letter dated 12 October 2004, has given approval to the board to proceed to stage three of the planning process and to lodge a full planning application for planning permission to Cork County Council.

The board has identified the need for a new day care centre for older people as one of its priorities for capital funding and it has confirmed that this project needs to proceed in tandem with the provision of a family resource centre on the site. My Department will continue to liaise with the board with regard to these projects in line with the board's priorities for capital investment and having regard to resources available to my Department under the capital investment framework 2004-08.